Wild Beasts

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‘An old strain of English magic had returned’: stars on why they fell in love with Kate Bush
As a new generation continues to discover her via Running Up That Hill, musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Brian Molko reveal how the singer changed their lives

As told to Rachel Aroesti

01, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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'Three people in a car, and we still lost money': was live music broken before Covid-19?
Musicians say touring was poorly paid and stressful. Can the chaos caused by the pandemic also be a moment of change?

Jenessa Williams

20, Aug, 2020 @1:00 PM

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'The leather started to chafe' … former Wild Beast Hayden Thorpe on going solo
After Wild Beasts split, singer Hayden Thorpe was left in a ‘strange, cryogenic state’. But a new solo album helped him let go of the past

Ben Hewitt

24, May, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Musicians on Mark Hollis: 'He found hooks in places I'm still trying to fathom'
Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Charlotte Church, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry and others on his songs, enigmatic spirit and musical vision

Interviews by Laura Snapes

26, Feb, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Wild Beasts review – heart-racing, poignant farewell from indie originals
This glorious final gig by the fearless Cumbrians almost makes you wish bands would break up more often

Laura Snapes

18, Feb, 2018 @1:38 PM

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Wild Beasts: Last Night All My Dreams Came True review – an anticlimactic exit
(Domino Documents)

Phil Mongredien

18, Feb, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Greatest splits: Wild Beasts and the art of breaking up
As the Kendal four-piece play their final shows – apparently departing on an amicable note – we assess the best and worst ways for a band to call it a day

Michael Hann

14, Feb, 2018 @11:42 AM

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Wild Beasts, band who brought sensuality to British indie, split up
Four-piece originated in Kendal in 2004 before scoring a Mercury nomination for second album Two Dancers and two Top 10 records

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

25, Sep, 2017 @10:49 AM

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By the Sea festival review – Wolf Alice and Super Furry Animals rock Dreamland
Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and other alt-pop royalty descend on the amusement park for fun, games and fringe benefits

Mark Beaumont

02, Oct, 2016 @11:33 AM

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Our debts are large, our hearts are heavy – but being a student is still worth it
Money woes, stress, a lack of jobs at the end of it: university has never been tougher. But it can still provide you with the best years of your life

Grace Rahman

16, Sep, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Wild Beasts: Boy King review – wilder and beastlier
The foursome swap arty erudition for rock swagger on a bigger, bolder fifth album

Kitty Empire

06, Aug, 2016 @11:00 PM

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The eternal tourist: what touring with Wild Beasts taught me about cities
Wild Beasts bassist Tom Fleming examines the strange experience of visiting cities on tour, from Tokyo to Dallas to São Paulo

Tom Fleming

05, Aug, 2016 @6:30 AM

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